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Robin Goff B.S.N. ’68

Duke University School of Nursing Humanitarian Award

Goff has committed her career to developing ways to serve and nurture people. For twenty-two years, she has been the spiritual leader at The Light Center, a nonprofit that promotes renewal with nature and personal healing. During the past twelve years, Goff also has led the nonprofit’s Love Light program, which provides support to South African youth affected by AIDS and provides scholarships for the program’s participants to attend college. n OTHER SCHOOL OF NURSING AWARDEES: Distinguished Alumnus Award Robert T. Dodge M.S.N. ’96 | Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Award Eun-Ok Im | Honorary Alumna Award Brigit


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Karen Winkfield Ph.D. ’04, M.D. ’05 John R. Wester J.D. ’72

Duke Law Alumni Association

Charles S. Rhyne Award for Professional Achievement

In 2016, Wester received the first national pro bono award in the history of the American Bar Association for his defense of disabled citizens in a case that resulted in more than 150,000 North Carolinians receiving Social Security benefits. The case, Hyatt v. Shalala, spanned nearly twenty years Leonard Godwin and required Wester and his partners at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Chapel Hill to oversee multiple trials and two petitions before the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of their work, the case led to changes in other states and new Social Security rules for persons with disabilities. n OTHER DUKE LAW AWARDEES: Charles S. Murphy Award/Service

Mary Ellen Coster Williams ’77 | International Alumni Award Paul W. Hespel LL.M. ’95 | Young Alumni Award Linton Mann III J.D. ’07

Duke Medical Alumni Association

Emerging Leader Award

With a passion for closing the gaps in healthcare disparities, Winkfield is making it her mission to reduce cancer disparities in vulnerable populations. Early in her career as a radiation oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, Winkfield oversaw a $3 million grant establishing a cancer-care program aimed at improving clinical-trial access for underserved people. And she hasn’t stopped. Now at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, Winkfield is an associate professor of radiation oncology and the codirector of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she is committed to removing barriers across the cancer-care spectrum. n OTHER DUKE MEDICAL AWARDEES: Distinguished Alumni Award David Ginsburg M.D.

’78, Diane Havlir M.D. ’84, and Allan D. Kirk Ph.D. ’92, M.D. ’97 | Distinguished Faculty Award Michael Merson and Anna Mae Diehl


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Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  
Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  

Includes Duke Forward campaign insert